10. Moe Tucker
Proving that you don’t need to be a technical virtuoso to be a fantastic drummer, Moe Tucker of revolutionary punk band The Velvet Underground showed listeners that sometimes less rally can be more.
Learning to play the drums when she was 19 by playing along to songs on a snare drum, Tucker found herself joining the Velvet Underground when original percussionist Angus Maclise quit when he thought the band sold out by taking a paying gig (it was the 60s).
Guitarist Sterling Morrison remembered that she, being the younger sister of one of his friends, played drums and came to hear her play. Despite the band not originally wanting any women in the band, Tucker nevertheless became a permanent feature of the group.
In keeping with the band’s avant-garde style, Tucker didn’t play a conventional kit. Instead, she was known for playing a stripped-down set consisting of snare, bass drum, and tom toms with a set of mallets. Cymbals were scarcely used as she believed that they drowned out the sounds of the rest of the instruments and were unnecessary for the drummer to keep the tempo.
While Tucker isn’t the most skilled drummer, she’s arguably one of the most ground-breaking.